Police hunt 'high-class' shopper suspected of €416k frauds in just four days
Well turned-out woman with immaculate make-up, pictured, is alleged to have used compromised bank card to buy gold bars, Rolex watches and designer clothes
As shopping sprees go, it was something of a blow-out.
This immaculately turned-out shopper used a debit card to purchase a host of luxury items over a four-day retail binge in some of Manchester's most expensive shops.
The total bill ran to nearly £300,000 (€415,700) and purchases included ten 100g gold bars worth £26,000, two Rolex watches priced at £18,000 and £8,000, designer clothing, handbags, make-up and other expensive jewellery.
The not-insignificant problem, however, is that police believe the card used in all the transactions was obtained fraudulently.
Detectives issued a photograph from CCTV camera - positioned in the luxury handbag section of a department store - of the woman they are seeking to trace, who had a particular penchant for Gucci products.
The City of London Police - which has national responsibility for fraud investigations - said it had made "a number of unsuccessful attempts to identify" the woman, who is thought to be in her mid-20s.
The force's Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit launched its investigation after a bank account was compromised in July 2014 and a debit card linked with the account was misused a month later.
Stores targeted included Selfridges, a number of small jewellery stores, bookmakers and bureaux de change.
Items purchased also included high-value plumbing equipment, such as boilers and bathroom suites, and a large quantity of car tyres and alloy wheels.